I got on Google earlier tonight and, just out of curiosity, I typed the phrase "The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim" in the search box. Then, when the search results appeared on my computer screen, I was utterly shocked to see 458,000 matches come up. So, I began to click on the first few websites to see what they said. All I can say is, if I was shocked at the number of websites I saw, I was a hundred times more shocked at some of the things they contained.
At this link:
there were a series of articles, some of them wereÂ titled "Rot In Hell Muslim Pig!!!" and "Die Filthy Muslim!" and "Burn For Eternity Muslim Pig!" and a few others that I don't even want to list here. These articles were accompanied by gruesome photos of the mutilated bodies of Russian soldiers (so viewer beware).
At another site:
some racist named George M. WennertÂ stated, "The ongoing war with Islamofacism can no longer be fought with care and compassion. Events around the world make this quite clear. The Islamofeces cockroaches are on the march, and if we do not kill them all, they shall kill us."Â The writer's words were accompanied by a copy of Kurt Westergaard's anti-Mohammad cartoon that appeared a couple years ago in a Danish newspaper and caused a lot of controversy.
At still yet another site:
there is a doctored photo of a young Muslim boy with his head blown open and, above it, is written, "I LOVE to hear of stories of Muslim men, women, and children being blown up by American bombs, it makes me so happy to hear about Muslims suffering. I hate Muslims more than AIDS and cancer combined and I applaud anyone who has the courage to harm or kill one."
I could go on listing website after website that contain statements like this or much, much worse. But this article would be a mile long and I would probably need to go throw up for about three days straight after I finished. If anyone is still curious and wants to see more, they can do the same thing I did and check it out for themselves.
The purpose of this article, however, is not to list off websites that threaten and insult Muslim people. My purpose for writing this is to draw everyone's attention to the obvious. The term "Muslim people" means just that----People.
Fathers and Mothers and GrandparentsÂ and Children and Babies.....Human beings.
In the true meaning of the term, "Muslim people" does not mean evil men crashing airplanes into tall buildings. It does not mean madmen strapping explosives to their bodies and vaporizing themselves in a crowded marketplace. It does not mean individuals who are so full of hate and ugliness that they want to kill anything that isn't like them.
Many individuals call themselves Muslims and claim to represent Islam in their words and actions, but they are just imposters whoÂ have hijackedÂ Islam to justify their own hatred and self-righteous elitism. The real "Muslim people" are no different than you or me. They pretty much want the same things out of life that everyone else wants. To be loved and accepted, to cherish their children and watch them grow up, and to have a small patch of ground somewhere on this earth that they can call home.
Every religion in the world has its wackos that give it a bad name, Just as Islam has its Osama bin Ladens and Mahmoud Ahmadinejads, Christianity has its David Koreshes and Timothy McVeighs. This is the greatest flaw that I see in the "War On Terrorism": It burns the wheat down right along with the tares. It is indiscrininate and causes many people to be indiscriminate in their thinking. Thus, through this kind of "lump-them-all-together" mentality, the phrase "the only good Muslim is a dead Muslim" gets twisted into something that actually makes sense to anyone who allows themselves to think this way.
Too often, differences in religion and belief systems blinds us to the fact that religious discrimination isn't about hurting and hating a religion, it is about hurting and hating human beings like ourselves. If people must be hated, they should be hated for the things they do, not for the things they believe. What someone believes does not make them evil. It is how they behave and treat others, based on their beliefs, that defines them as good or bad.
That is why a "good Muslim" does not mean a "dead" one. A good Muslim or a good anybody is "good" because of how he or she treats other people.
Because underneath the facade of religion there still exists the individual components
And whether they be Muslim, or Christian, or Buddhists, or Hindus, or whatever, they are still human beings who deserve respect, if they have earned it. Or love and acceptance, if they can find it. Or the benefits and pleasures of life, if they can obtain them. Or a sense of dignity and self-worth, if the rest of the world will just allow them to have it.